Catfish, Albino Striped (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus)
The Striped Albino Catfish is member of the Pangasiidae (shark catfishes) family of fish and is native to Southern Asia being found in the Mekong and Chaophraya basins.
The migratory Striped Albino Catfish is believed to travel throughout the Mekong river system through Cambodia and sometimes even reaching Vietnam.
The Striped Albino Catfish feeds on a wide and varied diet of small fish, crustaceans and vegetable debris in its natural habitat of the Mekong River basin.
The Albino Striped catfish has a muscular shark-like appearance with a broad head with slightly under slung eyes and a wide bony mouth combined with a sleek streamlined body shape and reddish to pink coloured fins.
The fish has a white/pink colouration throughout its smooth and muscular scale-less body and in some cases displays oil –like shades of blue/ purple on its flanks.
Albino Striped Catfish are classed as vulnerable in their natural habitat of Thailand’s rivers and are currently subject to a restocking program by the government of Thailand with an aim to reestablishing populations of this fish into Thai rivers.
Albino Striped Catfish as with most Albino fish species are an extremely rare visitor to the bank and are a highly prized capture by anglers fishing in Thailand.
Albino Striped Catfish have been stocked into several of Thailand’s fisheries such as Palm Tree and IT Lake Monsters where anglers now have the opportunity to fish for this most distinctive of Thailand’s catfish species.